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Information for Pre-Doctoral Applicants to the School Psychology Internship

Want to Pursue an Academic/Research Career?

If you want to pursue an academic/research career rather than professional practice you might consider the PhD program offered through the Rutgers University Department of Psychology.

Doing a Pre-Doctoral Internship at the DDDC

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey is among the places you should consider if you want to develop a sophisticated grasp of the use of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) teaching methods for people with autism spectrum disorders. The Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center is an on-campus facility that serves children, adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders. We use a broad range of ABA technology to serve those learners and their families. We support one pre-doctoral school psychology intern at the Center every year through Rutgers’ School Psychology Internship Consortium. The internship also provides the opportunity to accrue the hands-on experience for ABA certification.

The training model for pre-doctoral interns who work at the DDDC involves primarily hands-on clinical work for one year. You would do some direct work with children, adolescents and adults, and classroom consultation to teachers about challenges in skill acquisition and the reduction of behavior problems. Additionally, you would consult to public school classrooms serving children on the autism spectrum through the DDDC’s Outreach division. The role is very structured with ample supervision by clinical faculty members Robert LaRue, PhD and Kate Fiske, PhD, both of whom are Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs). Dr. Fiske is a licensed psychologist and provides all supervision for licensure. Additionally, you would be supervised by the capable behavior analysts who oversee the DDDC classrooms. Upon completing the school psychology internship, your experience hours would make you eligible to site for the Board Certification in Behavior Analysis exam (if you have completed the ABA course sequence) and you will have completed the pre-doctoral hours required for NJ state licensure.

We accept one pre-doctoral intern at the DDDC every year. Potential and current GSAPP students who are interested in a practicum placement at the DDDC should contact . More information can be found here. Students can apply through the APPIC website. Though only GSAPP students are eligible for first-round match through APPIC, students from other non-Rutgers programs will be considered if the DDDC is entered into the second-round match.

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